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Inkpa Mani at Two Rivers Gallery

Inkpa Mani at Two Rivers Gallery

Two Rivers Gallery is pleased to present “Pseudonyms | Contemporary Indigenous Portraiture,” a solo exhibition by Inkpa Mani. The show is on display through May 18, 2022. The exhibition consists of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, and textile hangings depicting visual understandings and the cultural definitions of Indigenous Lakota/Dakota names. In this body of work, Inkpa Mani examines individual portraits from a Native American perspective and their given Indigenous Names within a modern lens. Two Rivers Gallery is an exhibition space for emerging Native American artists located in the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1500 E Franklin Avenue –Two Rivers Gallery

MAIC nears modernization

MAIC nears modernization

by Lee Egerstrom Editor”'s note: Reprinted courtesy of The Circle.  The Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) launched a major fundraising drive in January for new roofing, other repairs, and to make improvements to help the center provide services for the community. Mary LaGarde, the MAIC”'s executive director, said in late December she was still assembling a committee of civic officials, American Indian leaders and other backers to conduct the drive. The center has secured $5.5 million of the $15.2 million project, LaGarde said. That includes $5 million provided by the Minnesota Legislature in the past year”'s State Bonding Bill and a $500,000 grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Most of the project involves modernizing equipment, such as electrical, heating and air conditioning, and repair or replacement of the leaking roof. The center, at 1530 E. Franklin Ave., was built in 1975 and shows the impact of more than 40 years of constant use. Improvements, however, involve adding space to the 47,000-square-foot building and moving entrances closer to Franklin Ave. and its American Indian Cultural Corridor. This was designed to encourage more foot traffic for visitors to the center”'s restaurant, art gallery, gift shop and the programs that use center meeting rooms, gymnasium and other facilities. In materials prepared for the pending fund drive, the center stresses the need to update the 1970s era electrical, communications and accessibility equipment. The building structure itself needs a more modern sustainable design and energy efficiency, and expanded office, program and meeting spaces to better utilize existing space. The state grant was part of the $1.4 billion State Bonding Bill that included $24 million for various American Indian and culturally related facilities throughout the state. The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation grant, meanwhile, deserves recognition in Indian Country because [...]

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